However, because we have been married for almost 20 years, will the judge award alimony anyway considering the length of our marriage or will the court uphold our mutually-reached agreement?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Georgia divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
A divorce settlement agreement is a contract between divorcing parties which lays out how the parties agree to settle issues relevant to their divorce, including but not limited to, alimony, child support, and property division.
Once presented to the court, the judge has the discretion to accept the marital settlement agreement and incorporate it into the final divorce decree.
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However, the judge may also reject, in whole or in part, the agreement between the parties. In the event the judge does not accept all or some of the terms of the contract, the parties will be set for a final hearing.
At the final hearing both parties will be granted the opportunity to present evidence, testimony, and argument relevant to the issues before the court (any terms the judge did not accept from the settlement agreement).
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with divorce lawyers for men in your jurisdiction.